Adam West on the legacy of the Dark Knight, Batman’s 50th TV anniversary

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Feb 27, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

As Adam West celebrates the 50th anniversary of his hit 1960s Batman TV series, the veteran actor is looking back on the legacy of what the Dark Knight has meant to his life and career over the years.

In an interview with Variety promoting his upcoming guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory, West first joked that his relationship with Batman is all about the “money” — but then went on to talk about what it means to be Batman for a generation of fans, and how a cult role like that travels with you for a lifetime.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“It’s a wonderful tribute. I look at these things like they’re kind of semi-homages. And maybe a bit of a reward for all of the hard work that we put in. And I just think I’m the luckiest guy in the world, really. I am. I mean, how many people get a chance to create an iconic character and one that goes on? For 40, 50 years I’ve been out there with I Love Lucy and the others…

Some years ago I made an agreement with Batman. There was a time when Batman really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features. However, Batman was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking on to the screen. And they’d be taking people away from the story. So I decided that since so many people love Batman, I might as well love it too. Why not? So I began to reengage myself with Batman. And I saw the comedy. I saw the love people had for it, and I just embraced it.”

It’s amazing to think it’s been half a century since West first donned the iconic Bat-tights, and though we’re psyched to see what Batfleck does next month, West’s POW-tastic version will always hold a special place in our hearts.

(Via Variety)